The KLF

The KLF

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Duo composed of James Francis Cauty and William Ernest Drummond. Cauty was born in Devon, England; Drummond was born in South Africa but grew up in the Borders area of Scotland.

KLF adopted the philosophy espoused by esoteric novel series The Illuminatus! Trilogy, gaining notoriety for various anarchic situationist manifestations, including the defacement of billboard adverts, the posting of prominent cryptic advertisements in NME magazine and the mainstream press, and highly distinctive and unusual performances on Top of the Pops. Their most notorious performance was a collaboration with Extreme Noise Terror at the February 1992 BRIT Awards, where they fired machine gun blanks into the audience and dumped a dead sheep at the aftershow party. This performance announced The KLF's departure from the music business, and in May 1992 the duo deleted their entire back catalogue.

With The KLF's profits, Drummond and Cauty established the K Foundation and sought to subvert the art world, staging an alternative art award for the worst artist of the year and burning one million pounds sterling. Although Drummond and Cauty remained true to their word of May 1992—the KLF Communications catalogue remains deleted in the UK—they have released a small number of new tracks since then, as the K Foundation, The One World Orchestra and most recently, in 1997, as 2K.

KLF also published a book, The Manual, and worked on a road movie called The White Room.
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The KLF Discography

Albums

WAX 7155 The KLF Chill Out (Album) KLF Communications, KLF Communications WAX 7155 US 1990 Sell This Version
656 674-4 The KLF The White Room (Album, Maxi, Single) KLF Communications 656 674-4 Saudi Arabia 1991 Sell This Version
EB014 Kopyright Liberation Front* Waiting For The Rights Of Mu(CD, Ltd) Echo Beach EB014 UK 1997 Sell This Version
06024 9807148 9 The KLF Das Handbuch (Der Schnelle Weg Zum Nr.1 Hit)(2xCD) Deutsche Grammophon Literatur 06024 9807148 9 Germany 2003 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

KLF 002T The KLF Burn The Bastards (Single) KLF Communications KLF 002T UK 1988 Sell This Version
none KLF* What Time Is Love? (Pure Trance 1) (Single, Maxi) KLF Communications none UK 1988 Sell This Version
KLF 005R, KLF 5 R The KLF 3 A.M. Eternal (Pure Trance 2) (Single, Maxi) KLF Communications KLF 005R, KLF 5 R UK 1989 Sell This Version
KLF PROMO 2 The KLF Kylie Said To Jason (Single) KLF Communications KLF PROMO 2 UK 1989 Sell This Version
KLF-010-IT The KLF Deep Shit / The Lovers Side(12", TP, W/Lbl) KLF Communications KLF-010-IT UK 1989 Sell This Version
ETERNA 1 The KLF Madrugada Eterna (Club Mix) KLF Communications ETERNA 1 UK 1990 Sell This Version
JB 366 Elmer Food Beat / The KLF Elmer Food Beat / The KLF - Daniela / 3 A.M. Eternal(7", Jukebox) Ricordi JB 366 Italy 1990 Sell This Version
TVT4025-2 The Timelords / The KLF The Timelords / The KLF - Doctorin' The Tardis (Maxi) TVT Records TVT4025-2 US 1991 Sell This Version
DIS 8297 The KLF Justified & Ancient (Single, Maxi) KLF Communications DIS 8297 Belgium 1991 Sell This Version
PRO 702 The KLF No More Tears (Single) Dance Pool PRO 702 France 1991 Sell This Version
KLF 008 R The KLF Last Train To Trancentral (Live From The Lost Continent) (Single, Maxi) KLF Communications KLF 008 R UK 1990 Sell This Version
KLF 5 T.O.T.P. The KLF vs. Extreme Noise Terror The KLF vs. Extreme Noise Terror - 3 A.M. Eternal (Christmas Top Of The Pops 1991) (Single) KLF Communications KLF 5 T.O.T.P. UK 1991 Sell This Version
KLF LP PROMO 1 The KLF Make It Rain / No More Tears(12", Promo) KLF Communications KLF LP PROMO 1 UK 1991 Sell This Version
JB 375 The KLF / Army Of Lovers The KLF / Army Of Lovers - America: What Time Is Love? / Crucified (7", Jukebox) Ricordi JB 375 Italy 1991 Sell This Version
2801 530 The KLF / Technotronic The KLF / Technotronic - Last Train To Trancentral / Work(12", Promo) ToCo International 2801 530 Brazil 1991 Sell This Version
KLF 92 PROMO 2 The KLF America: What Time Is Love? (Maxi, Single) KLF Communications KLF 92 PROMO 2 UK 1991 Sell This Version
none, KLF PD1 The KLF America: What Time Is Love? / Justified And Ancient(12", Ltd, Pic) KLF Communications, Dance Pool none, KLF PD1 UK & Europe 1992 Sell This Version
2801 567 The KLF / 2 Unlimited The KLF / 2 Unlimited - Justified & Ancient / Get Ready For This(12", Promo) ToCo International, PolyGram Do Brasil 2801 567 Brazil 1992 Sell This Version
Blaou 038 The KLF vs Glove / The KLF vs Moritz R The KLF vs Glove / The KLF vs Moritz R - Build A Fire / Make It Rain Blaou Sounds Blaou 038 Germany 2005 Sell This Version
Blaou 036 The KLF Vs Ricardo Villalobos The KLF Vs Ricardo Villalobos - What Time Is Love? Blaou Sounds Blaou 036 Germany 2005 Sell This Version
none The KLF Build A Fire (Single) Positive Void Communications none UK 2011 Sell This Version

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anton.hystrix

anton.hystrix

April 22, 2016
The most overrated electronic music project in the world. That's all I can say about these guys. They released one really strong ambient album Chill Out and one acid masterpiece What Time Is Love? (I'm talking about the original 'pure trance' version here) and there's nothing more to find in their music, I've really tried, believe me. I agree that maybe It's Grim Up North also has some interesting ideas but this is not important. The important thing is that SO MANY PEOPLE say this is the best f***ing music group in history! I just don't understand this. Looks like some mass psychosis. I think KLF were just very fat trolls who were laughing at young people, perhaps it was the form of so called 'modern art' :)
hortonjupiter

hortonjupiter

March 11, 2013
R.I.P. Ricardo Da Force, a massive inspirational force in these most unusually inspired records. Make mine a 99 in Valhalla, mister, and thanks :)
pyenapple

pyenapple

February 15, 2012
edited over 4 years ago
Bill Drummond and Jimmy Cauty were the finest artists of the latter half of the 20th century. Not just musicians, Artists. Music can't contain the scope of what they accomplished in this world.
ruminas

ruminas

May 26, 2011
Forget about those superstars, media shockers-wanna-be and crap like that. The KLF was the amazing project by Drummond & Cauty. Despite their ultimate results by inventing the sound and succeeding to sell it out and to reach the very top, they had the balls to spit on the system and to cut everything off at the same moment. I mean you have to be really nuts or to have strong non-material point of view to pull the stunts like these. For those who still don't have a clue what it is about just browse the internet - you will be amazed what kind of guys they are. Highly, highly recommended true revolutionary artists.
Long live the fighters !
scout303

scout303

October 15, 2010
And more importantly don't forget there energy.... All there tracks still just Kick It !! (Stadium House)!!!!!!
hyperreal1

hyperreal1

January 16, 2009
The KLF was an incredible project that has a big place in the electronic music history. They are (along with The Orb, ask Cauty) the fathers of the atmospheric house or something like trance-dub; a kind of music that explore slow beats in combination with more soulful and rhythmic elements, voices and another samples.

Everything start in the end of the nighties, listening to KLF and his first works is listening the exact moment when the 80's music was ending (they release great 80's pop hits!) and finally moves to the sounds of electronic music and spread all over the world in the starting of 90's. Somebody have listened "Kylie Said to Jason", is pure synthpop nostalgia flirting with few acid dust!

"The White Room" is a great album that confirm their goodbye to the 80's and smile to different sounds. They still have that synths, melodic sounds and sweet voices, but also has one feet in the danceable hand. Like the song says "We climbed to touch the stars".

KLF was some of the firsts electronic music artist (continues to the Brian Eno legacy) that was interesting not only in the dance side, but in the calm side."Chill Out" is one of the greatest albums not only in the ambient history, but in the all electronic music history. Is another kind of goodbye to the 80's music (check all the samples), while the group travel along US in an atmospherical higway and say hello to the deeper sound and samples of the next decade.

Also they developed an particular sound that create the basis of the acid house, rave and 90's trance. "What Time Is Love": the real trance sounds that was deep, serious and hypnotic!; before the genre was distort by others and becomes so light and boring.

Thanks for the all your hard work KLF.
jsrobinson

jsrobinson

September 9, 2004
edited over 11 years ago
The KLF are highly influencial on mid-90's Pop, Hip Hop, Trance, Electronica, House, and Dance movements. As other writers will tell you, the KLF made their mark with huge acts of tom-foolery, but the legacy Jimmy Cauty and Bill Drummond have left us only wanting more. The KLF are associated with lifted samples, but the more curious point is that the KLF themselves were sampled for numerous hits and boundry-breaking music in the dance arena.

The critically acclaimed "The White Room" was more an assemblage of hits after the fact, and included humerous compositions mixed with serious messages. Almost Mozart for techno, the harmonies are original, even if the samples are not.

Cauty and Drummond authored a book called "The Manual (How to have a number one the easy way)", being more of a diary into their lives as the KLF, it uses a non-audio engineer vocabulary, and is a fun read from cover to cover (157 Pages).

I personally have many memories that include the KLF, and I will never tire of the "hits" 3AM Eternal, What Time Is Love, or Last Train to Transcentral. The mystery of who the KLF is was part of the fun when it was all going on. I can only hope for more works of this caliber in the future.
B207

B207

July 30, 2004
edited over 12 years ago
the KLF are probably he gratest "band" in history of electronic music, their originality, ideas, coreograpy, good sound and good sense of humor haven't been outshadowed by anyone. They somehow managed to connect several different types of art into a inteligent expression packed with groove and while doing all this had a good time, what else can we tell about the people that made 3 or 4 top 10 hits , always using the same samples, and invented stadium house !
urb

urb

May 3, 2002
The acronym KLF has been known to stand for a lot of different things, but the most commonly used by KLF themselves is Kopyright Liberation Front.

KLF has a very interesting history. Some teasers: changing billboards with grafitti to show KLF or JAMS, firing a machinegun at a shocked BritAwards audience, spoofing an art award with twice the price money, buying tv-spots and full page advertisements in large magazines for mentioned spoof award, burning one million pound sterling (that's £1.000.000) while filming the event.. and lots more. Go check out a decent biography website on them.

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